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100 Years of Serving Baltimore

National Lumber original shop in Little Italy

The National Lumber story began in 1919 when Alexander Fruman, a carpenter by trade, sensed a growing need for custom-made window and door sashes. This hastened the birth of National Lumber Company and set the stage for the customer-centered business we run today. The first three employees were Alexander and his sons Isadore and Phillip Fruman and they set up shop in the ‘Little Italy’ section of East Baltimore. National Lumber is currently run and operated by a similar team—Arnold (4th generation) and his sons Neal and Kevin.

What else was happening in 1919?

  • President Woodrow Wilson held office.
  • The dial telephone was introduced to the public by the American Telephone and Telegraph Company.
  • The 18th Amendment to the United States Constitution, authorizing Prohibition, went into effect in the United States.
  • An act of the United States Congress establishes most of the Grand Canyon as a United States National Park.
  • The United States Congress approved the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which would guarantee suffrage to women, and sends it to the U.S. states for ratification.
  • Treaty of Versailles was signed and ended World War I.
  • In the first major scandal in Major League Baseball, and to this day, the worst, nine players from the Chicago White Sox throw the World Series to the Cincinnati Reds. It is forever known as the Black Sox Scandal with players, such as immortal Shoeless Joe Jackson, banned from the game and Hall of Fame forever.
  • Charlie Chaplin began work on The Kid, his first feature film. His co-star would be four-year-old Jackie Coogan.

Since our opening 100 years ago, Baltimore and the surrounding areas have seen a lot of change and development, but one thing that hasn’t changed throughout the years is National Lumber’s dedication to our customers and community. The products on our shelves have evolved, our store location has updated, the faces behind the desks are new—but our old adage remains the same: your great-grandad was a satisfied customer, and you will be too!
How can we help you with your upcoming home improvement? We offer the industry’s best vendors and materials and our experienced staff is ready to apply their know-how to make your project a success. We are proud to have served our wonderful Baltimore community for nearly 100 years— we can’t wait to see where the next 100 takes us.

Contact our team for information about products, services and more!

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Kitchen DEsigner

Laura brings 18 years of experience to our kitchen design team. She helps customers build exceptional kitchen spaces down to the finest details. 

Every client has unique needs, and Laura enjoys the puzzle of figuring out how to fulfill them. She combines her technical abilities with her background in interior design to balance functionality and beauty.

She listens to her clients to help them narrow down their choices and presents a curated selection to make the process less overwhelming. Laura finds creative solutions to check off their wish list while keeping them on budget.

Her personal favorite design trend is a transitional style with a hint of traditional details. She loves the mix of painted colors and the textures and variations of natural woods. However, the best
part of her job is the opportunity to work in every design style
and come up with different combinations of styles, materials,
and finishes executing her client’s unique vision.

Personally, she loves everything involving water- the ocean, pools, boating, and long baths.
She also enjoys anything with a story- books, movies, shows, etc.
Her newest hobby is attempting to have as much fun cooking as she does exploring new restaurants.

Kitchen DEsigner

With over 15 years of experience, LindaRose brings deep knowledge of how to achieve beautiful kitchen designs at the right price. 

For LindaRose, listening to a client’s needs is paramount to achieving a great design. Creativity is key to kitchen design, requiring out-of-the-box thinking to achieve an excellent final product. 

Some of her favorite design trends she introduces to clients include transitional, clean lines, and dark islands with light perimeters. 

Before entering the world of kitchen design, she spent 20 years in theatre as a singer and actor, working in notable local theatres like Round House and Everyman.

In her free time, she enjoys other creative endeavors such as working with textiles including quilting, embroidery, and weaving. 

Kitchen DEsigner

Rick Bechtel is an industry expert with 7+ years as a kitchen designer. He brings unique insights to design thanks to his 15 years as a carpenter and contractor.

Rick believes in the importance of listening to the needs of the clients he works with. Utilizing his experience s a carpenter and contractor, he strives to make every layout as economical as possible through wise cabinet selection. 

Rick makes informed suggestions for products or features that can improve the cooking experience. He’s an expert in taking the dream items clients identify online or in showrooms and introducing options that better fit their design needs and are less cost prohibitive.

As a designer, he’s an expert on contemporary or transitional styles, light colors, and wood accents. 

Rick is passionate about woodworking and contracting but transitioned his career to spend more time with his children. He enjoys projects around his (or his children’s) house, and weekend trips with his wife.